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Four selected as final dean candidates

Published: February 10th, 2014

Category: News

Four candidates for the next dean of the University of Florida Levin College of Law have been selected from an initial field of 24.

The candidates are selected for visits to the UF Law campus where they will meet constituency groups this month.

Selected for the final round of visits are:

  • R. Alexander Acosta, dean of Florida International University College of Law in Miami. Acosta is a 1994 Harvard Law School graduate. He is a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida (2005-2009) and assistant U.S. attorney general, Civil Rights Division (2003-2005).
    • Acosta is scheduled to visit with central administration Feb. 20 and the College of Law Feb. 21.
  • David Brennen, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Law in Lexington, Ky. Brennen graduated with a J.D. from UF Law in 1991 and in 1994 earned an LL.M. in tax from UF Law. He served as deputy director of the Association of American Law Schools in Washington, D.C. (2007-2009). He served on numerous law school faculties including the University of Georgia (2006-2009).
    • Brennen is scheduled to visit with central administration/College of Law Feb. 19 and the College of Law Feb. 20.
  • Samuel A. Donaldson, a law professor at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta. Donaldson graduated with a J.D. from University of Arizona College of Law in 1993 and earned an LL.M. in tax in 1994 from UF Law. At the University of Washington, he directed the Graduate Program in Taxation (2004-2010) and served as associate dean for academic administration (2010-2012).
    • Donaldson is scheduled to visit with the College of Law Feb. 17 and central administration Feb. 18.
  • David Huebner, U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. Huebner graduated from Yale Law School in 1986. He served as managing partner of the Los Angeles Office of Coudert Brothers LLP (1995-2001) and as managing partner of the Shanghai Office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP (2005-2009).
    • Huebner is scheduled to visit with the College of Law Feb. 13 and central administration Feb. 14.

Cover letters and complete curriculum vitae for the candidates are available here.

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